Episodes
Megan and Carrie talk with Kory Stamper, lexicographer extraordinaire, about the history and use of the word "bullsh*t". Support the show
Published 08/08/22
Published 07/11/22
Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. John Rickford, emeritus professor at Stanford, about his memoir, Speaking my Soul: Race, Life and Language, growing up in Guyana, moving to the United States, and his love of linguistics and Black Talk. Fifth anniversary sign up Support the show
Published 07/11/22
Megan and Carrie talk with Drs Andreea Calude and Laurie Bauer about their new textbook Mysteries of English Grammar: A Guide to Complexities of the English Language and their edited volume Questions about Language: What Everybody Should Know about Language in the 21st Century. This episode is sponsored by FindingFive, a tech non-profit. Promotional code for listeners of the Vocal Fries for a complimentary one-month Pro subscription: FF-US-FRIES (US server, https://www.findingfive.com...
Published 06/13/22
Carrie and Megan talk with the Working Pentlatch Revitalization team (Mathew Andreatta, Jessie Recalma, Chief Michael Recalma, and Dr Su Urbanczyk) about their work on reawakening Pentlatch, a Coast Salish language on Vancouver Island. This episode is sponsored by FindingFive, a tech non-profit. Promotional code for listeners of the Vocal Fries for a complimentary one-month Pro subscription: FF-US-FRIES (US server, https://www.findingfive.com only)FF-EU-FRIES (EU server,...
Published 05/30/22
Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Hadas Kotek, a linguist at Apple, about two of her papers: Gender bias in linguistics textbooks: Has anything changed since Macaulay & Brice 1997? and Gender bias and stereotypes in linguistic example sentences. See the two graphs Hadas had us look at here. This episode is sponsored by FindingFive, a tech non-profit. Promotional code for listeners of the Vocal Fries for a complimentary one-month Pro subscription: FF-US-FRIES (US server,...
Published 05/16/22
Carrie and Megan talk with two of the editors of Tongues: On Longing and Belonging Through Language, Eufemia Fantetti, Professor of English at Humber College, and Ayelet Tsabari, who teaches creative writing  at the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph and University of King’s College, about their new book, writing in English as a second language, Molisan, Hebrew, and Yemeni Arabic. Support the show
Published 05/02/22
Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Noah Nelson, trustee of FindingFive. FindingFive is a tech nonprofit that enables academic researchers to create and run online behavioral research studies in the cloud!   This is a sponsored episode, where you learn all about how FindingFive works! You can get a complimentary one-month Pro subscription that comes with premium features and 100 free participants for the redeemed monthly cycle: FF-US-FRIES (US server, https://www.findingfive.com only)FF-EU-FRIES...
Published 04/04/22
Renee and Natalia are back with a conversation about some of the books they love that fall into super niche genres. For example, Natalia has an entire bookshelf dedicated to books about bananas and Renee will never say no to a thriller with an unlikeable 20-something woman protagonist who works in a startup. Tune in to hear all the weird things they’re both into. Books Mentioned:  Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang Diamond Head by...
Published 04/01/22
Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Jessica Hernandez, a transnational Indigenous scholar, scientist, and community advocate based in the Pacific Northwest, about her new book Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/vocalfriespod)
Published 03/28/22
Megan and Carrie talk with Katie Craig about Myanmar/Burma, the languages spoken there and her organization Myanmar Indigenous Community Partners, which works with local communities to develop and celebrate these languages – and the people who speak them – in developing quality, locally relevant education in order to preserve languages and ways of life as well as to promote equality and social cohesion. #GLAD22 Myanmar Dance Workout Video during the coup (action starts around 1:45) Support...
Published 02/21/22
In this special (kind of bonus) episode, Dr Anna Marie Trester and Sophie Henry talk about Anna Marie's new book Employing Linguistics: Thinking and Talking about Careers for Linguists. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use   your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at Patreon.  We have mugs now at the $15/mo level! The $5/mo level gives you access   to our monthly bonus episode, as well as a Vocal Fries sticker and a shout out on the podcast!...
Published 02/14/22
Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Jessi Grieser about her new book, The Black Side of the River, DC, Tennessee and the way Black residents of Anacostia talk about their neighborhood and themselves. Galician songs here and here We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use   your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at Patreon.  We have mugs now at the $15/mo level! The $5/mo level gives you access to our monthly bonus episode, as well as a Vocal Fries...
Published 01/31/22
Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Enrico Torre about Galician and other languages spoken in Spain and why they matter. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use  your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at Patreon.  We have mugs now at the $15/mo level! The $5/mo level gives you access  to our monthly bonus episode, as well as a Vocal Fries sticker and  a shout out on the podcast! But you can contribute as little as $2/mo  and have our undying...
Published 01/10/22
Carrie and Megan talk with Mara Wilson about her voice, her neurodivergence, and the IPA. Transcript available here. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at Patreon. We have mugs now at the $15/mo level! The $5/mo level gives you access to our monthly bonus episode, as well as a Vocal Fries sticker and a shout out on the podcast! But you can contribute as little as $2/mo and have our undying...
Published 12/06/21
Megan and Carrie talk to Dr. Sylvia Sierra about her new book, Millennials Talking Media: Creating Intertextual Identities in Everyday Conversation, intertextuality, memes, and the tropes embedded in internet memes. Transcript available here We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use  your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at Patreon.  We have mugs now at the $15/mo level! The $5/mo level gives you access  to our monthly bonus episode, as well...
Published 11/08/21
Carrie and Megan talk to Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King (among others), about his YA books set in Appalachia, why he doesn't use eye-dialect, and why representation matters. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at Patreon. We have mugs now at the $15/mo level! The $5/mo level gives you access to our monthly bonus episode, as well as a Vocal Fries sticker and a shout out on the podcast! But...
Published 10/25/21
Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. Joyhanna Yoo Garza, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard, about KPop, semiotics, cultural appropriation, and Ali Wong. We also discuss International Week of Deaf People 2021 and The genocide of signed languages: protecting the linguistic rights of Africa’s deaf children. One of our patrons sent in the correct pronunciation of her name. Thanks SZ! We're  an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support....
Published 09/27/21
Megan and Carrie talk with Natalyn Daniels, Clery Liaison at the University of California, Berkeley, and Dr. Rose Wilkerson, lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, about growing up on the Navajo Nation, transferring to Berkeley from community college, sociolinguistics, academic English, standard language ideology and the language of love.  We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at Patreon....
Published 08/31/21
Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. Emily M. Bender, Professor of Linguistics at University of Washington, about her paper "On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots: Can Language Models Be Too Big?", Google firing Drs. Timnit Gebru and Margaret Mitchell, two of the co-authors, and the dangers of large language models and NLP. We also briefly discuss Lord Digby Jones and his classism and Alex Scott's amazing comeback. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your...
Published 08/02/21
Megan and Carrie talk with the cohosts of Maintenance Phase, Michael Hobbes and Aubrey Gordon, about wellness, diet culture, fatness and how not to be an a*****e to fat people. Buy Aubrey's book. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use  your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at Patreon. We have mugs now at the $15/mo level! The $5/mo level gives you access to our monthly bonus episode, as well as a Vocal Fries sticker and a shout out on the...
Published 07/12/21
Carrie and Megan talk with Deion Broxton about his Baltimore accent, his career and speech therapy, and going viral. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at Patreon. The $5/mo level gives you access to our monthly bonus episode, as well as a Vocal Fries sticker and a shout out on the podcast! But you can contribute as little as $2/mo and have our undying gratitude! Don't forget to follow us on...
Published 06/28/21
Megan and Carrie talk with Amanda Montell about her newest book Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism, out June 15, 2021, how cults use language to entice and keep followers and why cults fascinate us. Check out her podcast Sounds Like a Cult. We're  an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really  use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at Patreon.  The $5/mo level gives you access to  our monthly bonus episode, as well  as a Vocal Fries sticker and a shout...
Published 06/14/21
Carrie and Megan talk with Erik Singer, dialect coach to the stars, about what dialect coaches do, how to become one, and his strategies for teaching different accents to actors. Check out some of his Wired videos (featuring Megan!) here, here, and here. Megan in the NYT. We're  an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at Patreon. The $5/mo level gives you access to  our monthly bonus episode, as well as a...
Published 05/31/21
Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Elena Costello Tzintzun, a newly-minted PhD, about the importance of using heritage language learners as healthcare interpreters and healthcare accessibility. Philly episode: https://radiopublic.com/the-vocal-fries-GOoXdO/s1!4c574 We're  an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your  support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at Patreon.  The $5/mo level gives you access to  our monthly bonus episode, as well  as a Vocal Fries...
Published 05/17/21